Stetson Advances to Regional Final; JU Falls to No. 1 Florida

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LakePoint, Ga. - The Stetson Hatters advanced to the DeLand Regional Final on Sunday after taking down Oklahoma State 10-3 at Melching Field on Saturday night. Jacksonville went toe-to-toe with the nation's top ranked team, Florida, but came up just short, 3-2. The Dolphins will get a rematch with Florida Atlantic in an elimination game on Sunday. 

ASUN Baseball Schedule - Saturday, June 2nd
No. 1 Florida 3, No. 2 Jacksonville 2
No. 1 Stetson 10, No. 3 Oklahoma State 3

The Hatters' big names delivered in perhaps the program's biggest game to date. Two-time ASUN Pitcher of the Year, Logan Gilbert, was on his game all night long. The lanky right hander, who is projected to go in the first round of the MLB Draft on Monday night, fired seven innings, allowing just two earned runs, while striking out a season-high 14 batters. The Cowboys really only threatened once and that came in the third inning. Gilbert was able to wiggle out of trouble though, thanks to a strikeout and an outstanding play from catcher Austin Hale. It was a neck-and-neck game that is until the fifth inning when Stetson busted the game wide open. The Hatters took the lead when Mike Spooner scored on a wild pitch. Jorge Arenas put the game out of reach the very next at bat when he sent the ball flying over the left center field wall to make it a 6-1 contest. Stetson tacked another one later in the frame, as Hale drove in Jonathan Meola. They would also get two more in the eighth crack the double digit mark. ASUN Player of the Year, Brooks Wilson, continued his postseason tear at the dish, as he went 3-3 with 2 RBIs, 2 runs, a walk and a triple. With the win the Hatters move on to the Regional Final for the first time since 2011. They will get the winner of Oklahoma State and South Florida on Sunday night at 7 PM. 

The Dolphins couldn't overcome one of the nation's best pitchers and potential first overall pick in Brady Singer on Saturday night. Jacksonville was only able to muster two runs off the Gators' righty, one of which came off the bat of Cory Garrastazu, who hit his second homer in as many nights. Garrastazu also brought his glove, as he robbed a homer in the sixth inning. Dolphins' starter Spencer Stockton fired seven strong innings, but fell victim to the solo-homer, as he surrendered three of them, including back-to-back in the fourth and then what proved to be the game winner in seventh. Jacksonville threatened to tie the game in the eighth, when Ruben Someillan led off with a triple, but the Dolphins failed to drive him in. JU will return tomorrow in an elimination game against FAU. First pitch is set for 1 PM ET. 

ASUN Baseball Schedule - Sunday, June 3rd
No. 2 Jacksonville vs. No. 3 Florida Atlantic - 1 PM
No. 1 Stetson vs. No. 2 USF/No. 3 Oklahoma State - 7 PM ET
 

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